H. RES. 397
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
September 13, 2011
Mr. Boren (for himself, Mr. Dingell, and Mr. Cuellar) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration
Reestablishing the House of Representatives Page Program.
Whereas the House of Representatives Page Program is part of a historic tradition of the House of Representatives, traced back to messengers employed by the First Continental Congress in 1774, and the first messengers and errand-runners known as “Pages” served during the Twentieth Congress, from 1827 to 1829;
Whereas the House Page Program has long provided an opportunity for young people to experience our government first hand, and many former pages have gone on to become our Nation’s leaders both in the public and private sectors;
Whereas the primary duties of House Pages include delivering correspondence and legislative materials, answering phones in the Members’ Cloakrooms and delivering messages to Members on the floor, and preparing the Hall of the House for session;
Whereas the Speaker and Minority Leader of the House terminated this historic program on August 31, 2011; and
Whereas the loss of the House Page Program is detrimental to both the House of Representatives and the education of our Nation’s young people: Now, therefore, be it
Reestablishment of House of Representatives Page Program
Reestablishment of program
Effective with the first school semester that begins after the advisory panel described in subsection (b) submits its recommendations to the Committee on House Administration, the House of Representatives Page Program shall be reestablished.
Use of advisory panel To develop recommendations for operation of program
Not later than 30 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution, the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on House Administration, acting jointly, shall appoint 9 individuals to serve on an advisory panel to develop recommendations for the operation of the reestablished Page Program.
Of the individuals appointed to serve on the advisory panel under this subsection—
3 shall be Members of the House of Representatives who belong to the majority party of the House;
3 shall be Members of the House of Representatives who belong to the minority party of the House; and
3 shall be individuals who are not Members of the House of Representatives and who served as pages of the House of Representatives.
No compensation for service
Individuals serving on the advisory panel shall serve without pay.
Administrative support services
The Committee on House Administration shall provide to the advisory panel the administrative support services necessary for the advisory panel to carry out its duties under this subsection.
The advisory panel shall submit its recommendations under paragraph (1) not later than 60 days after the appointment of all of its members.
Inclusion of delegates and resident commissioner
In this resolution, a
Member of the House of Representatives includes a Delegate or
Resident Commissioner to the Congress.